Management Team

Brigit Hamanaka, President, brigit@kenhamanaka.com – received a B.A. in Classics, Magna Cum Laude, from UC Irvine and an M.A. in Classical Archaeology from Bryn Mawr College in 1980.  After working as an assistant editor of classical publications at the American School of Classical Archaeology Publications Office in Princeton NJ and at the Archaeological Institute of America in NY, she joined the company in 1983 and was named President in 1990.  A licensed Customs Broker since 1985, Brigit has led the company through a key period of expansion, establishing the Crosswinds NVOCC, becoming an IATA agent, and joining the Global Freight Group in 1994 (later resigning in 2014), the GOAL freight network in 2013 and, most recently, the HTFN in 2014.  She spearheaded the purchase and design (together with her architect sister, Les Hamanaka) of the company’s new facility in El Segundo in July 2011.

In an ironic twist of fate, Brigit spent her graduate education studying ancient trade routes and today her company facilitates global trade in the modern world.

Linda Hamanaka, Vice President, linda@kenhamanaka.com – holds degrees in Political Science and German Studies from UC Berkeley.  While working for Senator Alan Cranston in San Francisco, she agreed to move back to Los Angeles and fill in for Brigit who was out on maternity leave with her first son in 1989.  Linda stayed and earned her Customs Broker’s license in 1992.  She is currently in charge of all things customs brokerage, Customs compliance, new and existing client maintenance, and is responsible for the company’s interactions with government agencies.

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